Petition to Sheffield Labour Students re: cancelled meeting with Chris Williamson

As Labour party members in Sheffield, we are disappointed that Sheffield Labour Students has cancelled its ‘Why we need an anti-war government’ meeting featuring Chris Williamson MP. [Click here for more info]

We note that at a time of heightened militarism across the world, this event was too important to cancel. Cancelling it is highly counterproductive to the aim of a peaceful, progressive society we are all working towards.

We also note that Chris Williamson is a champion of the anti-racist movement and has campaigned for many years against racism, fascism and anti-Semitism. The portrayal of him as anything other than this is wrongful and dangerous to the entire ant-racist movement.

We call on Sheffield Labour students to reverse the decision made to un-invite Chris Williamson to speak.

We stand in solidarity with Chris Williamson against the injustices that are so prevalent in this country and the whole world.

Initial signatories (all in personal capacity):

  • Joseph Ashton, President, Sheffield Hallam Students Union Labour, Sheffield Hallam CLP
  • Lee Rock, Convenor Sheffield Labour Left & Trade Union Liaison Officer Sheffield Hallam CLP
  • Joel Thorpe, Vice Chair Membership, Sheffield Hallam CLP
  • Dave Smith, Unite the Union EC Member for NEY&H, Heeley CLP and Sheffield Local Campaign Forum delegate
  • Joe Simpson, Treasurer, Sheffield Hallam CLP

To add your signature, please email us – telling us your name, CLP and any position in the Labour movement

Public meeting with Chris Williamson MP: Why we need an anti-war government

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Because of “anonymous threats” our previous venue has cancelled our booking. But we are pleased to say that the meeting is now co-sponsored by Sheffield TUC and has been moved to Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QQ.

This meeting was initially to be hosted by Sheffield Labour Students, but they cancelled it after the Jewish Society on Sheffield Uni campus complained about Chris Williamson MP.

Sheffield Labour Left believes it is very important to hold debates like this, without fear of censorship. We are in full solidarity with Chris Williamson MP, one of the MPs who stands up for Corbyn’s policies. We therefore decided to host this meeting at short notice instead.

The other speaker is Stephen Bell from the Stop the War Coalition. The meeting will be chaired by Sheffield Labour Left convenor Lee Rock.

Thursday, November 8 2018, 7.30pm, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, Sheffield S2 5QQ.

More info:

  • Click here to read our petition to Sheffield Labour Students
  • Click here for more info on the cancellation
  • Click here to read a statement issued by the Stop the War Coalition, criticising the decision to cancel the event.